Jon Ronson The Last Days of August Audible Originals Of the many forms Ronson has arguably mastered (columns and book-length essays, TV and radio documentaries) it seems his great strength, now, is in the narrative investigative podcast. Working with Audible to serve them up as seven-episode podcasts that double as, essentially, an audiobook (they can be devoured in a […]
Jon Ronson The Butterfly Effect Audible Originals Jon Ronson’s latest release is this 7-episode podcast series which is presented as if (also) an audiobook…the complete audio-documentary/reading is just over three hours; this is binge-listening then at its finest.
‘I Find That Offensive!’ Claire Fox Biteback Publishing Using recent political unrest and happenings such as the Charlie Hebdo bombing as well as simply looking at “Generation Snowflake” – the too-twee millennials – Libertarian writer Claire Fox offers an easy-read polemic that aims to cut through bullshit and discuss the PC-gone-mad mindset from the inside, […]
Various Artists: Frank (Music and Songs by Stephen Rennicks) Silva Screen Records It’s credited to Various Artists – for it features the film’s stars in their singing/playing roles, but the star of the movie’s soundtrack is composer Stephen Rennicks who had to not only create the usual (and sometimes wonderfully unusual) musical cues – he […]
Frank Director: Lenny Abrahamson Runaway Fridge Productions/Element Pictures/Film4 If you’ve ever cared about music at all – and you’re reading this site so chances are you have/do – then you must see Frank. Frank is a wonderful film – and there are reasons to see it for what it offers as a film, not least […]
Frank: The True Story That Inspired The Movie Jon Ronson Picador There’s two audiences for this – likely there was crossover anyway, but this will please Ronson fans anyway and it’s also an explanation/preview/behind-the-scenes of the movie, Frank, co-written by Ronson, based on the true story of the character Frank Sidebottom, created by comedian Chris […]
Lost at Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries Jon Ronson Picador Jon Ronson is that rare thing – a compassionate journalist. Yes, he wants the story – just like anyone else. Although, unlike many, he actually seeks out interesting stories, he looks at what others might consider blatant non-stories and makes them stories; he does this […]
Cold Chisel, Circus Animals (1982) I like Cold Chisel. They’re a good band that has, in some circles, suffered a bit of a bad rep as it is easily enjoyed/understood as bogan/meathead music. Some smart songwriting – particularly from Don Walker – informs the band’s best work and I always thought Ian Moss was/is a […]